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Joseph Andrie of Reedsville, Pa., was presented with Lycoming College's Chieftain Award during Honors Convocation on April 15. First presented in 1952, the award is the highest honor given to a graduating senior and recognizes the student who has shown the utmost dedication and leadership qualities while at Lycoming and whose academic rank is above the median of the preceding senior class.
Andrie, a biology major, will be spending his summer conducting research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children's Hospital before heading to Penn State's Hershey College of Medicine in the fall. He plans to pursue a career in family medicine or pediatrics.
Andrie is the president of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. He also is a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota Modern Language Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta English Language Honor Society. He has earned dean's list mention in each of his seven semesters at the College.
Andrie's participation in extracurricular activities also earned him induction into the IRUSKA Honor Society, given to nine students annually at Lycoming for significant contributions to campus life. In addition, he received the Jack C. Buckle Scholarship, awarded to a junior male student who has made an unusual contribution to campus life through leadership in student activities.
Andrie has served as the vice president of the Lycoming Pre-Health Society and the Campus Activities Board, where he was the chair of the Wilderness Committee. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a Spanish peer tutor, an organic chemistry peer tutor and involved in the PAL Program.
An accomplished athlete, Andrie became Lycoming's second men's swimmer to earn the Middle Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete award, and is the eighth student-athlete to earn the award in school history. A 2011 Capital One Academic All-District selection, Andrie was a huge factor in the pool for the Warriors during his four-year career. He was a seven-time Second Team All-MAC breaststroker and a member of seven more all-conference relay teams. He set the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke records as a freshman and broke both as a junior. He holds the 200-yard breaststroke record with his time of 2:15.15 at the 2011 MAC Championships. A two-time captain, he earned the 2011 Sol "Woody" Wolf Award, given to the Lycoming junior student-athlete who shows the most improvement in their first three years.
Andrie was crowned as Lycoming's 2011 Homecoming King and has volunteered in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and the Lewistown Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department. He volunteered with the Study Buddies after-school tutoring program for elementary school students, aided with the College's freshman orientation program and served as a resident advisor.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.